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Infrastructure Show: Graduates must be prepared to move to find work

Graduates and industry were unanimous at yesterday’s NCE’s Infrastructure Show debate panel that new graduates must be more willing to move anywhere in the country and possibly abroad to secure work.

Network Rail head of graduate programme Brinley Cox said that graduates were sometimes unwilling to change location for work. Arup graduate and last year’s NCE Graduate Award winner Stuart Ross said that new graduates were much more likely to find work if they willing to look further afield.

With the UK market looking challenging for the foreseeable future, the panel encouraged students and graduates to try and stand-out from the crowd and be willing to work where there is work, in places such as Australia.

But the panel were unconvinced that working on unpaid internships were the way forward. “It’s not the money which is the problem, it’s the resource to manage an intern,” said Ross. Cox added there was no point in employing graduates unless there was work for them at the end of the programme.

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